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Thursday, October 5, 2017 to Sunday, November 12, 2017

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) emphasizes remembrance of past lives and a celebration of the continuity of life. It is a tradition with roots to Mexico’s oldest civilizations. Explore Día de los Muertos through the artwork of local artists at our annual exhibit showcasing contemporary work in painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, ofrendas (altars) and the participants from the city-wide art contest! Free admission. For more information, call (909) 395-2510.

David Flores, Garden of Life, 2016. Photo courtesy of the Ontario Museum of History & Art.

Diversity and Inclusion: The Influence of African American Art in Southern California

Thursday, January 25, 2018 to Sunday, February 25, 2018
The Ontario Museum of History & Art and Guest Curator, Jerry Weems, present Diversity and Inclusion: The Influence of African American Art in Southern California. This open call exhibit displays the diversity of the artistic styles and visions of contemporary African American Art. Seen through the stylings of regional artists, Diversity and Inclusion reveals how artists are influenced by the raw and expressive beauty of the African American experience. Diversity and Inclusion encourages and promotes inclusion of all visual artists regardless of race. However, successful art entries must incorporate subject matter/iconography that reflects the African American experience. Artists are allowed to submit up to two pieces for consideration. The jury panel will select artwork that best represents the theme of the exhibit.
For more information call (909) 395-2510.  For an application download the form below.


Thursday, September 7, 2017 to Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Ontario Museum of History & Art has partnered with the Graber family and is honored to host a new unexplored narrative.  The Women Beside the Men of the Graber Olive House uncovers the women who contributed to the family business as entrepreneurs and visionaries.  For the first time, the Graber family is sharing personal artifacts from Betty Graber and other family matriarchs.  Visitors will be drawn-in by photo albums, private journals, scrap books, and correspondence from these influential women.  The Women Beside the Men of the Graber Olive House is curated by author and etiquette expert, Maura J. Graber.  Maura J. Graber is the wife of owner Cliff Graber, son of Bob and Betty Graber.  Mrs. Graber continues the tradition by contributing to the family business in the spirit of the women before her. The Women Beside the Men of the Graber Olive House is on display September 7 through December 31, 2017 in the South Wing, Carlson Gallery at the Ontario Museum of History & Art.  Come learn about the 125 years of contributions by the women of the Graber Olive House and how they helped shape its legacy.

Photo courtesy of the Graber Olive House.

Gem of the Foothills

Permanent Exhibit

This exhibit explores the unique history of Ontario—it’s founding, transitions, people and organizations.

Explore Ontario from its roots beginning with the Native Peoples and Californio Rancheros to its founding by George Chaffey. Discover why it has been called both a “Model Colony” and the “Gem of the Foothills.”

The book, Ontario The Gem of the Foothills by Michael L. Rounds, traces Ontario history from the Native American era to the present day. Many historic images from the museum’s collections are published here for the first time.

This interpretive history about our community is for sale in the museum store.

Road Ways

Permanent Exhibit

This is an interpretive, humanities-based exhibition that examines the impact of the road on American life and culture.

Start by learning about America’s fascination with traveling the open road. Or discover the roots of the road, how people have traveled “roads” long before cars did. Highlights include Ontario’s Euclid Avenue, Holt Boulevard and historic Route 66. Be sure to pick up a road map and travel through the “roadscape” of Ontario and beyond. You’ll find out why Road Ways is the world’s largest exhibit.

Road Ways was developed by the museum with the assistance of humanities scholars, contracted curators and exhibit designers and local advisors. Exhibition development, installation and associated publications were made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, expanding our understanding of the world.

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